GI-017. Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer

Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer

  • Address: Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040, Vienna, Austria
  • Owner/Director: Lisa Kandlhofer

Lisa Kandlhofer (L): We recently moved to a bigger space. It used to be a printing factory in the middle of the city with ceilings of 4.3m in height. In addition to the exhibition space, there will be a room to get together – to host artists’ talks/book presentations, etc. My goal for this room will be to constantly have dialogue between artists/curators/museums/collectors.

The highlight of the space is definitely the natural light from the ceiling at one of the exhibition rooms – originally built at the turn of the century.

When you enter the souterrain space – you have this unexpected surprise – entering a space that could be anywhere in the world!

L: Moving back to Vienna after having spent four years in New York, I felt that Vienna was getting more international again, with artists moving to Vienna and a great art student program!

Also, the beautiful challenge to work with young artists.

L: Endurance, a good collectors network, young artists that I can support and help to build their careers, a great location in the city centre, international art fairs.

L: Very good museums and art institutions, a long history of arts, some of the greatest artists of the beginning of the 20th century.

Vienna is special for its numerous artist-run spaces and private initiatives of small spaces that exhibit contemporary art.

Building collectors relationships needs time and trust, it is not easy to run a gallery in Vienna, but it is growing very fast and becoming even more international with a growing scene of young collectors.

There is an international art fair, viennacontemporary, which is becoming an important fair.

L: Work together with other gallerists. Talk a lot with other artists, be a part of the scene, stay curious and focus on what you do best, not what seems to be doing well.

L: Having a degree from one of the academies is definitely an advantage.

L: It is unexpected, well curated, raises questions, shows references, is aware of displaying the works in the best way for the works.

L: The internet and alternative sales channels like auction houses, artist-run spaces and so on will challenge galleries. Even though I think personal relationships will still be a key role of gallerists.

Art by Hannah Perry - Photo Credit: Sebastiano Pellion
Lisa Kandlhofer
Art by Grear Patterson
Art by Marco Stanke
Art by Andres Ramirez Gaviria